We're making salt dough ornaments today. I added cinnamon that smells great while baking, but the dough itself tastes terrible. Salt dough ornaments are part of my holiday eating plan--just one of the strategies I'm using to celebrate in traditional ways, without gaining weight. Here are more ideas:
1. Inedible crafting--salt dough ornaments replace sugar; gingerbread houses decorated with birdseeds instead of candies.
2. Heavenly scents--simmering cloves, cinnamon, ginger and orange peels on the stovetop for holiday smells without calories. For some reason the spicy smells do not make me hungry.
3. Drinking my sweets--sipping holiday flavored teas and diet spiced cider, instead of being tempted by high calorie beverages. I have a small holly-berry teapot perfect for the season.
4. Armor-clad gifts--all our baked gifts will be in the form of whole pies and cakes. It's much easier to sneak a cookie (or six) from a heaping platter than it is to cut a slice out of someone else's pie.
5. Accessible outerwear--my coat, hat, and gloves are pinned together and hung by the door with my son's coat, hat, and gloves. Knowing it won't take long to bundle up for a walk eliminates one of my excuses.
Do you have any strategies for eating reasonably during the holidays? If so, I'd love to hear them. The scale at my doctor's office is waiting for me January 3rd!